India, US nearing industrial security pact for defence tech transfers ahead of Mike Pompeo visit
Updated : June 24, 2019 10:47 PM IST
Disputes over trade and protectionist moves have escalated between the two countries in recent months, but defence ties remain strong with Washington seeking to build Indian capabilities as a counterweight to China.
India has bought weapons worth more than $15 billion from the United States over the past decade as it seeks to replace its Russian-origin military and is in talks for helicopters, armed drones and a bigger Indian plan for local production of combat planes together worth billions of dollars.
Lockheed Martin and Boeing are both in the race for a deal estimated at over $15 billion to supply the Indian Air Force with 114 fighter planes to replace its ageing fleet of Mig 21 jets.